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Upper Mustang Trek
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Overview

North of Kagbeni, known as upper Mustang looks similar to the Tibetan plateau with its yellow and gray rolling hills that have been eroded by high winds. It lies beyond the Annapurna massif and bordered on three sides by Tibet. Upper Mustang is the last of the untouched lands in the Himalayas, and here you will find Lo-Manathang, the only walled city in Nepal and the capital of Mustang. Its name translates from the Tibetan as “plains of aspiration” and has its own King so is a kingdom within a country! The area is inhabited by Loba people and only opened to tourists in 1992. It is still a restricted area and the amount of trekkers permitted into the area is controlled as to preserve the natural beauty and charm of the region.
The trek delivers some breathtaking scenery whilst camping under the stars amidst the beauty of the Himalayas. The local people are of Tibetan descent and honor the traditions and customs of their ancestors. Their lifestyle is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the modern world; they herd yaks, farm their own food and trade with goods with Tibet. This trip is truly a step back in time and a terrific chance for you to relax, forget your stresses and enjoy a serene environment.

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal!
Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.
Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.
Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 2
Day 2: Kathmandu

Activities: Meeting with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trek and Kathmandu sightseeing.
Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.
Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 3
Day 3: Ride a bus to Pokhara

Destination: Drive to Pokhara.
Duration: 7 minutes.
Accommodation: 3* hotel in Pokhara.

Note: Flight option available at an extra cost.

Day 4
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (30 minutes) and trek to Kagbeni.

Hours of walking: 4.
Difficulty: Easy.
Elevation reached: 2858m.
Terrain: Mainly flat trails over rocky, sandy barren landscapes.
Views on offer: Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) in the west, Nilgiri (6940m) and the entire Annapurna massif to the south and southwest.
Highlights: Our first day walking in this fresh, mountain environment and exploring Kagbeni.
What’s to see: The immensely pretty village of Kagbeni and the old monastery.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 5
Day 5: Chele.

Hours walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 3050m.
Terrain: Riverbank tracks, lots of “ups and downs”.
Views on offer: Miles of Buckwheat, barley and wheat fields and apple orchards.
Highlights: Entering the restricted areas after we have our permit checked and leaving the main tourist trails behind.
What’s to see: The scattered white-washed houses of Tangbe and the village of Chhusang.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 6
Day 6: Syanbochen.

Hours of walking: 5
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 3475m.
Terrain: A steep rocky climb to begin the day followed by a long, gradual descent and another steep climb up a gorge to a ridge.
Views on offer: The Annapurna Himal dominated by Nilgiri in the far south.
Highlights: The views, the colorful, hand crafted Buddhist chortens and walking amongst groves of poplar trees.
What’s to see: A cave with self-emanating statues of Guru Ringpoche and Padmasambhave. The Tibetan name translates to “self produced place of Promenade”. It is believed that if any part of the statue is broken off it will grow back by itself.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 7
Day 7: Ghaymi via the Nyi La Pass.

Hours of walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 3520m at Ghaymi and 3950m on the pass.
Terrain: Gentle inclines through fields and valleys, then a steep rocky climb to the pass.
Views on offer: The valley below, surrounding peaks and up close views of the Himalayas from the pass.
Highlights: Standing on the pass in an alpine wilderness.
What’s to see: Many Buddhist chortens and the village of Tema Gung.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 8
Day 8: Charang.

Hours of walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation reached: 3540m.
Terrain: Gentle descents down the cliffs before a crossing a mountain pass and another gradual descent.
Views on offer: The blue, grey and red cliffs beyond Ghaymi.
Highlights: Walking alongside the most spectacular and longest stretch of Mani stone wall in Nepal.
What’s to see: The River Tangmar Chu as we cross it on a large steel bridge.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 10
Day 9 &10 Destination: Lo-Manthang, we stay 2 nights here to enjoy and explore the area.

Hours of walking: 7.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 3700m
Terrain: Steep, rocky, ridge ascent followed by a short, gentle descent.
Views on offer: Beautiful views of the surrounding Himalayas from Lo-Manthang.
Highlights: Entering the Thong Valley, walking onto the “plain of aspiration” and exploring Lo-Manthang.
What’s to see: There is an abundance of places to visit in Lo-Manthnag, the choice is yours; Namgyal Gompa and then on to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang. You could also visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house," the red Thugchen Gompa and Chyodi Gompa. There is also the four-storey building of the Raja's palace.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 11
Day 11: Charang

Hours of walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 3500m.
Terrain: A steep descent down a rocky track.
Views on offer: The blue, grey and red cliffs and the long stretch of Mani stone wall in the distance.
Highlights: The tranquility and fresh mountain air.
What’s to see: You can have more time in the morning to look around Lo-Manthang.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 12
Day 12: Syanbochen.

Hours of walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 3475m.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 13
Day 13: Tetang.

Hours of Walking: 6.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 2940.
Terrain: A steep ascent up to Cacho La Pass, gradual descents, riverbank trails.
Views on offer: Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Tilicho peak and Thorong Peak from the Cacho La Pass.
Highlights: The views from the pass.
What’s to see: The wind-carved hills on the way to Tetang, the river Pa Khola.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 14
Day 14: Muktinath.

Hours of walking: 6.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 3800m.
Terrain: Steep descents, well defined trekking paths.
Views on offer: Distant views of Muktinath from the Gnyu Pass along with panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Highlights: Exploring the holy place of Muktinath and seeing the pilgrims visiting the holy waters and temples.
What’s to see: The 108 taps and holy waters, Muktinath temple and other sacred shrines in Muktinath.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 15
Day 15: Jomsom via Lupra.

Hours of walking: 3.
Difficulty: Easy.
Elevation reached: 2720m.
Terrain: Flat, riverbank trails.
Views on offer: The surrounding Annapurnas and the Kaligandaki Valley.
Highlights: The refreshing winds as you walk through the windy Jomsom Valley, hold on to your hats!
What’s to see: Local life and villages and the old fortress at Jharkot.
Accommodation: Teahouse.

Day 16
Day 16: Pokhara

Activities: A 30 minute flight to Pokhara.
Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 17
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu.

Duration: 45 minutes.
Accommodation: 3* hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18
Day 18: Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

A member of the Mosaic Adventure team will accompany you to the airport and bid you farewell.

The Cost Include(s)

  • International/domestic airports arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, with breakfast. (twin/double bed sharing)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle with entrance fees
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara transfer by standard tourist bus.
  • Pokhara-Jomsom flight ticket and airport taxes
  • All standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Twin sharing teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • English speaking licensed trekking guide
  • All required permits (restricted Mustang area fee, ACAP fee etc)
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag to use during the trek (on request)
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket and airport tax
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket and airport tax
  • Government imposed taxes

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc.
  • Beverages like tea/coffee, mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended/not mandatory).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by guides, porters)
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.
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  1. Upper Mustang Trek
    We went as a family with 2 teens. Upper Mustang Trek isn't for everyone but here is what made it extraordinary: - Our guide, Khrisna was very considerate and experienced. - He made us feel safe and served us very well. - He played with the kids, he tailored the treks to our ability, he went beyond the call of duty to ensure we had an enjoyable experience with respect to hotel, food, relations with the locals... - Krishna worked with the porters, engaged and worked with us and truly made us feel that we were supported by a great team and that we were part of a team. - Khrisha and Mosaic seemed always well prepared and able to manage the unexpected, for example when our plane was cancelled and we had to jeep down the Himalayas in monsoon pouring rain. -the porters were fabulous. One was chosen because of his knowledge of the region, which was very helpful. When Khrisna was busy with the kids, he made sure we had someone that could help us out if needed. There is no doubt in my mind that I felt supported by the best guide and the best team of all the groups we met on the trek. I didnt have a lot of margin to negotiate on price, I did not, and I am glad I went with the organization I felt was the most competent and best rated. Why? Mustang is not an easy trek for a regular family. Days can be long. Accommodations not luxurious. However, having a good team with you to learn about a fascinating region, see amazing sights and challenge yourself and bond better as a family. That is what made it an extraordinary experience. Thanks Mosaic.
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  • 18 Days
  • Moderate
  • 12 People max

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